• Vanilla butter cookies - classic Danish Christmas cookies
    Bread and baked goods,  Cakes and desserts

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    Last week we shared our recipe for brown Christmas spice cookies – Danish ‘brunkager’. Here’s another wonderful recipe for Christmas cookies, this time straight from my great grandmother Inger’s old recipe book. I guess most people are familiar with the Danish vanilla butter cookies that you can buy in typically blue tins, often with photos of famous Danish places on them. Whether these mass produces cookies leave a positive or negative impression of Danish baking on those who try them, is not for me to judge, but these homemade ones are definitely a much more interesting taste experience, and I think far more worth the calories. And they are super…

  • Autumn gnocchi with Parma ham, sage, zucchini and almonds
    Dinner

    Autumn gnocchi

    The flavors of sage, Parma ham and gnocchi go really well together. In this autumn gnocchi recipe we’ve added some green zucchini and chopped almonds on top for a bit of crunch. These are wonderful autumn flavors! Of course you can go the extra mile and make your own gnocchi, but in well-stocked stores they usually carry ready made good quality gnocchi. Also, the bonus if you use the ready made kind is that you’ll have your autumn gnocchi dinner ready in less that 30 min. This time of year when it’s dark and gloomy outside when you come home in the afternoon, it’s vital that making dinner is not…

  • Indian coleslaw - coleslaw with a twist, perfect with Indian food or barbecue
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Coleslaw with a twist

    This Indian coleslaw salad is inspired by my never ending attempts to lose weight. If I summed up all the weight I have lost and gained again it would be more than I weigh today, so I can’t say that I have been successful. My recent diet is all about not eating carbs, which is why some of our recipes are titled “low-carb”. My family loves butter chicken and we eat it at least once a month, but butter chicken goes with basmati rice and that is a no-no on my diet, so I had to substitute it with something. Here is where this Indian coleslaw salad comes into the…

  • Vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate frosting - also known as Othello cake
    Cakes and desserts

    Happy birthday cake

    Are you celebrating a birthday and want to make a really yummy festive cake? This vanilla custard layer cake with chocolate is my absolute favorite one and no birthday seems right without it. In Denmark birthdays and layer cake go hand in hand. For Danes a really good layer cake usually consists of mouse with thin layers of sponge cake and lots of whipped cream. The mouse may have added flavors or be plain vanilla. I normally don’t use a recipe when I make this type of cake for family and friends, but that is easy for me to say since I have made hundreds of these layer cakes over…

  • Father's Day chocolate cake. Rich chocolate cake with beets, cream cheese frosting and crunchy salted almonds
    Cakes and desserts

    Rich Father’s Day chocolate beet cake

    What to make for Dad on Father’s Day? Well, cake of course! Here’s the perfect Father’s Day chocolate cake to pamper all the great dads out there, and the best thing is, it’s big enough for sharing. This rich and scrumptious Father’s Day chocolate cake is made with lots of chocolate and cocoa, yummy cream cheese frosting and crunchy salty almonds on top. I love a good carrot cake, and I find that using veggies in cakes adds an interesting complexity in taste as well as a natural moisture that keeps the cake from going dry. Therefore we’ve taken this chocolate cake a notch further and added a bit of…

  • Roasted salty almonds - perfect salty beer or wine snack
    Snacks

    The mysteriously disappearing salty snack

    These roasted salty almonds can be used as a snack to serve with a cold beer or nice drink, or you can use them in dishes where you want to add almonds with a bit of extra crunch. Store-bought roasted salty almonds are often expensive, but since it is so quick and easy to make them yourself, this recipe provides you with a way to save some money while not compromising with the taste. And I would of course say that it is nice for once to literally go nuts in the kitchen 🙂 If you prefer other nuts, or would simply like to mix it up a bit, you…

  • Cauliflower feel good salad - roasted cauliflower, microgreens, almonds, red onion and cilantro
    Low-carb,  Salads,  Side dishes

    Cauliflower feel good salad

    I like to start my week with a good salad. After a weekend of giving in to my less healthy food cravings, it gives me such a nice good conscience. It has to be tasty though, as there is nothing more uninspiring and tiresome than a bland salad. This cauliflower feel good salad is packed with taste as well as healthy stuff. It has crispiness, softness, sweetness, bite and crunch all in one. Exactly what a good salad should have if you ask me. I probably make this salad once or twice a month. Not only because of its great taste, but because it is so easy to make, and…

  • Mini Sarah Bernhard cakes with macarons and dark chocolate mousse
    Cakes and desserts

    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes

    Mini Sarah Bernhardt cakes were my grandma Grethe’s signature cakes. Whenever she and her husband would have friends or family over for one of their lavish dinners, she would make these little mouthwatering sweet treats. She always served them after dinner with coffee and tea and chocolates, as if we hadn’t already stuffed ourselves with their delicious three-course dinner. But curiously, these little miracles always seemed to disappear before everyone had finished their coffee. And though I was only a kid, I always managed to get my share and gulp down at least a handful.   Like the famous actress whom these cakes were named after, my grandma was a…

  • Glögg - classic Danish mulled wine with red wine, rum, port wine and winter spices
    Drinks

    Something to keep you warm on a cold winter’s day

    As a Dane Glögg (mulled wine) is an absolute must-have in December. With all it’s warm winter spices, sweetness, red wine and alcohol there is simply no other drink than Danish mulled wine, or glögg, that will get you into the real Christmas spirit like this one. It’s the perfect drink for when you return after a walk in the cold and you need a little something to bring warmth and comfort back into your body and bones. This recipe was passed down to me from my grandmother who sent it to me in a real old school handwritten letter when I was 19 and had moved to London. Though I…

  • Baked Brie with brandy pears, almonds and tarragon
    Cheese,  Starters and appetizers

    Nutty pears and a Brie

    This recipe for baked Brie with brandy pears, almonds and tarragon is truly a celebration of this wonderful cheese! Brie has been one of my favorite cheeses since I was a kid. I think I first discovered Brie when I was about 7 years old, and I was immediately won over by its deliciously soft and creamy texture. In fact so much so that I often found myself snacking on Brie to the point where I would eat up a whole one…sometimes in less than an afternoon. Oh, how I miss being a kid before I knew anything about calories! The good thing though about cheese, Brie included, is that…